Year: 2020

Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to Seattle public campaign financing law

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Seattle’s innovative public campaign financing program in the case of Elster v. City of Seattle.  In 2015, Seattle voters enacted a novel democracy voucher program for public campaign financing.  Under the democracy voucher program, eligible Seattle residents receive four $25 vouchers that they can use to
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Free Speech For People Statement on Reports That U.S Senators Sold Stock Following Confidential COVID-19 Briefings.

The news that at least two U.S. Senators, Richard Burr (R-NC) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), sold major holdings of stock, apparently after receiving confidential briefings on the spread and severity of the coronavirus pandemic, but just before public revelations of that information caused the stock market to crash, is a gut punch to Americans whose
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FSFP Statement Endorsing the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020

Free Speech For People applauds Senators Klobuchar and Wyden and their colleagues for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by proposing reasonable, appropriate, and commonsense provisions to ensure the United States will be able to hold free and fair elections while protecting voters, poll workers, and election officials during this crisis. The U.S. election structure is facing unprecedented challenges and extraordinary
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Voting Rights Coalition Urges State and Federal Officials to Protect Voting Rights and Public Safety in Response to COVID-19

Free Speech For People joined a coalition of voting rights advocacy groups, led by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, to recommend measures that protect voting rights and public safety in response to COVID-19. In a letter addressed to Congress, Governors, and state officials, the coalition urged government officials to ensure that voting
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President Trump Must Step Aside

In the past several days, it has become increasingly clear that President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis is not merely incompetent, but actively making the problem worse. While the president can be credited for early action restricting travel from China, his behavior since then has been reckless, erratic, and injurious to public health. The
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Support the Equal Rights Amendment in the Senate

Following decades of advocacy and determination, the Equal Rights Amendment, guaranteeing equal rights to all people regardless of sex, is moving forward. On January 15, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the amendment, finally meeting the required number of states for ratification.  But there is one more hurdle in this decades-long fight before the
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Free Speech For People, National Election Defense Coalition and Alyssa Milano Form Creative Arts Council to Protect 2020 Election

National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC), the only organization building a bipartisan national movement to secure elections technology, Free Speech For People (FSFP), a leading force in defending the Constitution and our democracy, and actress and activist Alyssa Milano have joined forces to form the Creative Arts Council: a network of creative artists with a shared
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Free Speech For People to Hire Director of Organizational Development

Free Speech For People employs legal strategies to renew our democracy and defend our United States Constitution: we stand in support of “we the people.” Founded on the day of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, Free Speech For People envisions a reinvigorated democracy in which all people have an equal voice and an equal vote. We advance
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FSFP Board Chair Ben Clements Discusses The State Of Our Democracy & The DOJ’s Roger Stone Intervention on WGBH

FSFP Board Chair Ben Clements recently appeared on WGBH to discuss the current state of democracy and the Department of Justice intervention in Roger Stone’s sentencing. Stone, a former aide to Donald Trump, was convicted last year for lying to Congress and witness tampering, among other crimes. This week prosecutors recommended a seven to nine
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